Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.
King County Parks Division used this grant to acquire three parcels, 65.3 acres, to expand Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park near the city of Issaquah. Following acquisition, King County Parks has already performed necessary re-routes and improvements to the trail linking Cougar Mountain to Newport Way NW, and established an informal trailhead access point with road shoulder parking on Newport Way NW (with the goal to establish a parking lot in the future). The primary recreation opportunity provided by the project will be hiking.